Patrick Vieira is due to meet NUFC representatives this week ahead of potentially becoming the next Newcastle Manager, according to reports.

The claims have come from Sky Sports, who claim that the Arsenal legend is being lined up for the job according to their sources.

Vieira turns 39 in June and is currently Football Development Executive at Manchester City, a role which sees him oversee aspects such as youth development, commercial partners and the club’s social responsibility programme – ‘City in the Community’.

However, that contract is set to end this summer with no new deal agreed as yet.

Sky report that Patrick Vieira has spent the past week finishing his UEFA Pro License down in Wales, a qualification seemingly ensuring there would be no problems on that front.

The former French international is also said to be keen to have a try at football management and put into practice his ideas.

An interesting candidate for the Newcastle job certainly and one that would/could be potentially a sign that there is some kind of change of direction within the club.

As a player, Vieira definitely wasn’t a player who held back, especially in confrontations with Roy Keane, so hard to see him allowing himself to be put in a position to be ‘played’ by Mike Ashley as Alan Pardew and John Carver have been.

Again though, coming from such a professionally run club as Manchester City with the best money can buy in every aspect of the club, what on earth would Patrick Vieira make of the budget jumble sale model that runs through the core of Newcastle United under Ashley?

Obviously moving from his current role to be a Premier League Manager/Head Coach would/could be seen as potentially a great opportunity to start a management career.

As with everything though a Newcastle United, we all know that the potential will always be there but will Mike Ashley ever allow it to become a reality. Either under him, or by selling up and taking his thousand Sports Direct advertising hoardings with him.